To deal with her present, she must face her past.
In 1985, a young Laura Rodriguez goes to Silicon Valley to start a career as a computer programmer. She finds a job at a quirky startup run by a family with secrets.
In 2016, a now middle-aged Laura faces growing professional and family crises and the most divisive presidential election in recent history. She fears losing her job in the wake of a merger, and she distrusts her new millennial boss. Her daughter has cancer, her son quit a lucrative programming job and moved back home, and her marriage is crumbling—especially when an old flame reenters her life.
Laura must seek solutions from a past she wants to forget. She may find them in the computer that changed her life, the Amiga.
Matthew Arnold Stern is a Southern California native who grew up in Reseda and lives in Orange County. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Northridge. The Remainders is his second novel published by Black Rose Writing. His debut with Black Rose Writing, Amiga, was called “a brilliantly plotted, well-crafted historical novel” and “a good and entertaining read.” He earned awards for his writing and public speaking, including Distinguished Toastmaster and an Award of Excellence from the International Online Communications Competition. He is married with two children, a granddaughter, and lots of cats.
As Laura uses her Amiga for the first time in decades, she reflects on how much technology—and her life—has changed in that time. But can she come to terms with her past to deal with her present? Find out in my novel Amiga.
My laptop was far more powerful than that old Amiga. It could connect wirelessly to the Internet. It could play high-definition video. Its RAM and hard-drive space were measured in terms we hadn’t even imagined in the eighties. But it didn’t bring joy. It brought viruses, spyware, spam, and foaming-mouthed hateful comments on social media. We used computers to buy things, curate photos of lunches, and scroll past memes that demanded, “Like and share if you agree!” Computers had become tools. They inspired as much passion as a hammer or wrench. Tracy Kidder wrote about a soul of a new machine, but our new machines had no soul.